Monday, June 28, 2010

While I ice my foot...

...I'll update you on what I am doing with my life.

I'm icing my foot because my right arch hurts from too much heavy exercise over the weekend. I was supposed to swim today, but the weather was too amazing to turn down a run. Maybe I could've chosen a shorter distance? Probably. I'll be fine by the morning. It's just tendonitis.

This weekend was all about the fact, I don't have too much in the way of breakfasts or lunches to show you, but here goes:


Iced coffee with milk, fruit, plain yogurt, kashi (I know, you've seen this a million times...)

And a very green smoothie - spinach, pineapple, peach, banana, vanilla protein powder, soymilk. Really delicious after morning exercise.

This morning I had a different breakfast - wheat toast with peanut butter and sliced banana - but of course I didn't take a picture. Lame!

Post Saturday AM run bfast of one waffle with blueberries, banana, and almond butter sauce and one egg over-hard cooked in cooking spray. My favorite kitchen purchase of late was an oil mister. You fill it with your own olive oil and it sprays oil in small amounts. I use that thing all the time. I put 4 oz into the thing when I got it in early May. We're looking at the beginning of July without filling it once! 

Lunches - 

This is his & hers lunch on Saturday. We had sandwiches - he had hot ham & cheese on wheat with pickles and some leftover taco pizza. I had swiss with red onion and tomato grilled on the george foreman with some of the same taco pizza. We shared some grapes with this meal. 

Sunday was an Amy's Black Bean & Veggie burrito, steamed broccoli, salsa, and a serving of chips. Also unpictured 0.75 oz of chocolate.

Later in the day I had a substantial snack but my camera ate the picture. I had 3 oz of cheese, almonds, and some crackers (maybe 3-4 total). I was obviously requiring some protein!

Then he had to pack my lunch for today because he ripped a hole in my spare bike tube while being too manly and macho. He did such a good job - carrots, red pepper, and broccoli with 1.5 tbsp of Newman's poppyseed dressing. An apple with peanut butter (trying to use these single-serv ones up! They were from a trip earlier this year). Part-skim cheese stick + a few cheese cubes. Plus some pretzel goldfish. 

So quick story about the goldfish. They are my go-to snack, but I always measure them into a 1-cup ramekin to eat them. When my significant other was making my lunch, he asked how many goldfish was a serving. I told him 'one-ramekin-worth', and then I found him in the kitchen measuring a ramekin worth of goldfish to put into the bag! 

Dinners --

Sauteed bok choy, 4-5 oz swordfish steak, 1 cup of rice, 1 big spoonful of mango pickle.

Then I made this huge pot of curry for the week. It has 2 cups of garbanzo beans, 1 zucchini, 2 small onions, some garlic, 1/2 a red pepper, 1/2 a green pepper, three broccoli stalks (the florets will be used otherwise), a large sweet potato, and 4 small carrots. This was simmered in a tomato-cardamom sauce and 1/2 a bag of frozen spinach was added at the last minute. Right after I took this picture, I ate 1 cup of this with 1/2 cup of rice. 

Tonight was a masterpiece. We went to the farmer's market on Saturday and that trip formed the basis of the meal. We bought 1 lb of this grass fed beef that is locally raised north of town and processed less than an hour away. It's also super lean! I bought some last year, and I now cannot look at other beef the same way. I also bought the rainbow swiss chard for $2.00! I got a huge bunch! Finally, my basil plants needed pruning, so we made pesto. So here's the menu: 
Rainbow chard - Sauteed in garlic oil and red wine vinegar with a little salt. 
Pest-O's (like Spaghetti-O's, we're clever I know) - 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves, 2 tbsp grated or shredded parmesan or like-cheese, 1/3 cup garlic olive oil (or olive oil, then add 1/2 tbsp of garlic), 1/4 c walnuts, big handful of spinach for color only. Blend. Salt to taste. 
Wine-stewed beef - Brown 1 lb of beef cubes in a pan with a small amount of oil. When browned, add 1 small onion finely diced, 1 tbsp garlic, some salt, some pepper. Once the onion is translucent add 2 cups of red wine. Simmer for at least an hour (the better the beef, the less time it takes. I've done a full 2.5 hours before) adding water if neccesary. Add mushrooms in the last ten minutes of cooking of you like - we added 1.5 pints of white mushrooms.

Finally, tomorrow I'll eat that curry for lunch. Since I didn't picture a serving before, I thought I'd show you this one: 

1 cup of curry (on the bottom), 1/2 cup of rice, 3/4 cup chickpeas covered in spices, and a little mango pickle. Plus some grapes. 

So, I made a huge dietary mistake yesterday. I exercised sporatically thoughtout the day - yoga, bike, run, playing in the pool - so I didn't get real hungry. I ate a huge protein rich snack later in the day, and a small amount of curry late in the evening. I was hungry before bed, but I chose to ignore my hunger because I thought 'I probably overate today and shouldn't eat anymore'. Well, I woke up starving this morning, which prevented me from going to workout. I did the math on my calorie balance yesterday (I don't usually do this - It's not good for my perfectionist brain) and I was at least 1000 calories in the negative. Oooppps! Lesson: No more editing myself on whether I should or should no be hungry! Eat when I'm hungry! 

Finally, Eating Requires Activity (ERA): Fri 16 mile run, Sat 9 mile run, Sun 25 min yoga, 7 mile bike, 3.25 mile run, Mon 7 mile run. 

Hope this week treats you well! I'm dying to know other people's July 4th plans. I didn't make any because I will probably just work + chill as usual.  


  1. When it says Fri 16 mile run, I mean bike. But editing these posts is kind of a pain (thus all the formatting problems!) so I'm sorry I'm not going to fix it.

  2. OK, I was just thinking "16 mile run???!! I hope her feet are still attached!" - so glad for the clarification :) (yes, I do know that people run 16+ miles & retain their feet). Also, that ramekin anecdote was adorable, and the chard looks gorgeous, as do all your meals this week!